A great tip I use for frugality healthy meals is...
1. When buying produce, try to buy items that can be frozen later on. For instance. I will buy a bulk bag of apples. Usually if I shop around I can find a 5 lb. bag for about 3 dollars. I use one quarter of the bag to set on table for healthy snacks for my kids. The remaining apples I split up and make homemade applesauce, apple chips right in the oven, or just peel, cook and freeze. I place them in small freezer bags... with the exception of the apple chips.
I like your ideas for apples - Can you explain how to make apple chips in the oven? When you said you freeze the apples after peeling and cooking, do you mean slicing them first? And how would you cook them? I need to do something to get my kids to eat healthier snacks but they're so fussy although they do like apples. Unfortunately, in our house they go bad fast. My older daughter will only eat sliced apples (it's hard right now because she has braces) and when she cuts them and takes them to school they go bad - as soon as she sees any brown spots she'll just throw them away! Any hints on how to keep them fresh till lunchtime?
To keep apple slices from turning brown, add a bit of water and a small amount of lemon juice to the container. It won't alter the taste and will keep them spot free.
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